Meiji Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival

Icho Matsuri at Meiji Jingu Gaien, Tokyo

Meiji Jingu Gaien (明治神宮外苑) is one of the most popular spots for autumn leaves viewing in the central area of Tokyo, and it’s famous for the avenue lined with Ginkgo trees. It’s located in Aoyama area and can be visited easily if you are in Aoyama to Omotesando which are great areas to explore for shopping and relaxing at trendy cafes. You can also accessed there easily from the areas like Shibuya, Harajuku and Roppongi.

Approx 150 Ginkgo trees are lined on this avenue for about 300 m with 2 lanes, and visitors can enjoy a pleasant walk under the charming gingko trees. Even though the best viewing time is about 2 weeks from mid November, the scenery is still enjoyable after the leaves fall down and creates a gorgeous natural carpet with golden colour.

During the peak season, Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival “Icho Matsuri” (神宮外苑いちょう祭り) is held from mid November to early December annually. The festival features a large number of vendors and kitchen cars, selling food and drinks including regional specialties from all over Japan. There are also tables and chairs where you can sit and enjoy food.

If you are visiting Tokyo during this period in autumn, don’t miss to see the gorgeous ginkgo avenue and delicious food at the Meiji Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival!!

Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival (Jingu Gaien Icho Matsuri, 神宮外苑いちょう祭り)

Access: 3 minutes walk from Gaienmae Station Exit 4a exit OR 5 mins walk from Aoyama Icchome Station Exit 1
Date: TBA (mid November to early December)
Hours: 10:00~17:30

There are numbers of seasonal events held in Tokyo currently! Please check out my other articles listed below, and plan your perfect Tokyo trip!

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